May 17th Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days

All About May 17th

If today is your birthday, then Happy Birthday! If you are just stopping by to learn about the history of May 17th, then we hope you enjoy this page! We have collected a lot of random facts about today, such as celebrity birthdays, horoscope information, health awareness and observance days, historical events and must more. Just read on down the page and enjoy! Hope you learn something fun!


May 17th Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days

Every day is full of different holidays, observances and health awareness days. Look through the list today and see if there are any that may apply to you and celebrate! Whether you go out hunting mushrooms or decide to do something so support someone with a particular illness, we hope you have a May 17th!

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
National Cherry Cobbler Day
National Mushroom Hunting Day
National Pack Rat Day
National Walnut Day
 World Hypertension Day
 World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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May 17th Zodiac Sign is Taurus

Taurus is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus.

Horoscope Zodiac Astrology Sign Taurus PillowTime period: April 20 – May 21
Element: Earth
Ruling planet: Venus
Symbol: Bull
Zodiac quality: Fixed
Birthstones: Emerald, Diamond, Sapphire, Garnet, Rose quartz
Famous Tauruses: Dwayne Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Megan Fox, George Clooney, Adele, Mark Zuckerberg, Shakespeare, David Beckham, Princess Cha
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May 17th Trivia

  • 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s 4 “lovers” executed shortly before her own beheading,
  • 1741 – John Penn, American lawyer. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. was born.
  • 1824 – The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet’s friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history,”
  • 1875 – 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75.
  • 1883 – Buffalo Bill’s 1st Wild West show opens in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1884 – Alaska becomes a US territory
  • 1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith. the well known tractor inventor, passes away.
  • 1900 – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow in Chicago.
  • 1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor, director was born.
  • 1943 – Millionaire Howard Hughes crashes into Lake Mead, while test flying his Sikorsky S-43, killing CAA inspector Ceco Cline and Richard Felt.
  • 1955 – Bill Paxton, American actor, known for his role in Titanic was born.
  • 1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard American boxer, winner of the world welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight titles is born.
  • 1960 – The #1 song on the Hot Country songs Billboard was, “Please Help Me, I’m Falling,” by  Hank Locklin.
  • 1971 – First state to ban sex discrimination Washington makes it illegal to discriminate in hiring based on sex, age, marital status, race, creed, color, or national origin. The law went into effect in July.
  • 1973 – Televised hearings of the Watergate scandal.. begin in the United States Senate.
  • 1977 – Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese’s in San Jose, California.
  • 1981 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “Bette Davis Eyes,” by  Kim Carnes.
  • 1981 –  The #1 movie is, “Happy Birthday to Me.”
  • 1985 –  William Fuqua sits 24 hours on a motorcycle setting the World record for motionlessness. Source: Guinness Book of World Records,
  • 1986 – “Chicken Song” by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart.
  • 1988 – Nikki Reed, American actress and model, known for her portrayal of vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga, and wife of Ian Somerhalder was born in West Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1989 – Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa.
  • 1990 – World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.
  • 1991 – Jeffrey Dahmer Milwaukee police officers find a 14-year-old, drugged, naked, and bleeding. They return him to Dahmer who then killed him moments later.
  • 1991 – Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe.
  • 1993 – First use of an artificial liver to keep a person alive after removing their liver is announced by doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. 
  • 1992 – Lawrence Welk, American orchestra leader, “Ah-one, an’ ah-two.” passes away.
  • 2004 – Tony Randall.  American actor. TV: The Odd Couple (1970-75, Felix Unger). passes away.
  • 2004 – The #1 movie was, “Shrek 2.”
  • 2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.
  • 2012 – Donna Summer, American Grammy-winning singer,  passed away from lung cancer.
  • 2019 –  22-month-old Kenneth Howard was missing for nearly 67 hours when found alive in Kentucky forest and reunited with his parents.
  • 2019 –  The famous frowning cat, Grumpy Cat, (real name was Tardar Sauce,) passed away following complications with a recent urinary tract infection.
  • 2020 – Coronavirus continues to spread bringing the total cases to Confirmed 4.66M – Deaths

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